International Trade

International Sanctions

Companies doing business globally need to stay ahead of the ever-evolving regulatory landscape.

Sanctions can be a significant area of risk due to increasingly complex regulation in Australia and internationally.

Given the risks at stake and the highly technical nature of this area, sanctions advice requires a highly experienced global sanctions team with a proven track record who advise on sanctions relevant to your business, regardless of industry or sector. At King & Wood Mallesons, our capability covers due diligence, transaction structuring advice, policy development, compliance, investigations and defence, as well as training.

Backed by a global team, we can advise on sanctions issues spanning European, United Kingdom, Australian, Chinese and US regimes including sanctions imposed in relation to specific jurisdictions and navigating complex cross-border issues, changing requirements, contractual impacts and large-scale projects.

Our client base extends across borders and sectors, from longstanding multinational companies to emerging companies doing business globally. These clients rely on us for timely and sound legal support for their day-to-day operations, as we help them mitigate the risk of non-compliance with international sanctions and related laws (including, for example, by advising on steps required to establish any available defences, including a reasonable precautions and due diligence defence under Australian sanctions laws). We are also experienced in helping clients to resolve high profile, emergency issues and to navigate their obligations under other laws which may be impacted by a potential breach of sanctions laws (for example, obligations under anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing and proceeds of crime laws).

Technology also has an increasingly important role to play, particularly for large and regulated entities that required to undertake transaction monitoring and navigate risks relating to complex fact patterns, dual use goods and other scenarios through data analytics, AI and other technologies.

Key areas of our support

  • Advice on sanctions compliance and complex scenarios
  • Building policies and procedures in relation to sanctions, trade controls and broader AML/CTF compliance, including for major banks, other financial institutions, telecommunications providers, payment companies, digital asset service providers, gaming companies and others
  • Co-creating tools for risk assessment and compliance
  • Diligence and strategic advice on transactions involving high risk jurisdictions
  • Cross-border compliance including navigating competing requirements
  • Investigations and disputes.
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